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be signed into law because the senate would not do that bill. in so doing, they took up valuable time from other legislative priorities and cbs news reports that these votes to consistently always trying to repeal health care, those votes, mr. speaker, cost the american taxpayer almost $50 million. for over a year and a half and unproductive governing failed to provide solutions to the american people and coming out of the november elections, our mandate was clear. the american people demanded an end to the political theater and the dangerous legislative games. they demanded that we finally get to work and solve the looming fiscal cliff in a balanced, responsible and bipartisan way. in the middle of last july all other members sent a letter to the speaker asking that we begin in july to find a solution to the fiscal cliff and sequestration. we call for a bipartisan approach and something we could get finished before the august recess so that we could spare the americans and other people in the world and financial markets the worry that we have put them through. we got our answer tonight. s
does that and if it becomes law, it provides certainty to our tax code which would help our economy. yet mr. speaker, we also know a certainty it fails to address the mortal threat facing our country, uncontrolled spending. it fails to reflect the balanced approach that was advocated by our president. so we find ourselves again with a bill that reflects not financial wisdom, but the seductive spirit that pervades this town. >> we're going into a new year as the first generation who did not ask the question what can we do, what can we sacrifice to make future generations have a better life than we have. instead, we ask how much can we eek up taxes a little bit so that we can keep spending, 58 cents, to get a dollar's worth of wasteful bloated government. so that our children and grandchildren can pay 42 cents of every dollar that we waste on ourselves. is that any way to start the new year? we're taking up a bill that will not do anything to cut spending. i'm embarrassed for this generation. >> clearly a lot of dissatisfaction on capitol hill. no matter what goes down there today, yo
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